Dark Magic by James Swain

56%

17 Critic Reviews

But like some of Peter’s friends who lose their memories, you may not long recall having read this book.
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Synopsis

Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes.

No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter—until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever.

Dark Magic is a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain.



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About James Swain

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James Swain is the national bestselling author of fourteen mystery novels. His novels have been translated into French, Japanese, Russian, German, Bulgarian, Croatian, and chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Swain has received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Writing. An avid magician, he has written and lectured extensively on the subject.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Tor Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dark Magic
All: 17 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

But like some of Peter’s friends who lose their memories, you may not long recall having read this book.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 19 2012

Banal prose and a routine plot undermine this occult thriller from Swain.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on May 20 2012

For Dark Magic, leave your logic meter at home and enjoy the trip.

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BellaOnline

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Lehman

I'll admit I didn't really enjoy Swain's writing style and the characters felt like stock personalities.

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Jun 03 2012

Dark Magic’s mix of the occult and modern crime detection evolves into a gripping story, and the balance between the psychics’ connection with the spirit world and the intricacies of computer hacking melds well, too.

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Geek Speak Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Rachel Day on Jun 01 2012

The hero isn’t a hero, the heroines are bitchy, the cops of all types are stereotypical and there’s a confusion of other characters that pop in and out of the story.

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SFRevu

Below average
Reviewed by Joseph Hoyos

The pacing was fast but somewhat hindered by Peter's silly conversations with ghosts... Also, the ending was rather rushed and anticlimactic.

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Mike the Fanboy

Excellent
Jun 15 2012

The love triangle is unnecessary and confusing... It really bogs the story down.

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Thinking About Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Marshall on May 10 2012

The prose style is generally uninvolving and, in the early stages, there’s very little dynamic to drive the narrative forward.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Jun 11 2012

Read James Swain's Dark Magic for the magic and the war between good and evil... That war succeeds on so many levels, in history, with the psychics, within Peter himself.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Ginny on Apr 17 2012

I don’t have to be psychic to say Swain, a national bestselling author, has another winner on his hands.

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Criminal Element

Good
Reviewed by Vanessa Parker on May 21 2012

The more I got into the story, the more I found myself eager to get back to my Nook and see what happened next.

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Runyon on May 29 2012

Dark Magic was all it promised to be: suspenseful and thrilling. It had some unexpected twists along with the more expected ones—and I was glad to see that sometimes things were just as they seem.

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Rap Sheet

Good
Reviewed by Pierce on May 21 2012

Swain boils up a brew here that combines the occult with crime solving in most intriguing fashion.

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Debra's Book Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Debra BookCafe on Mar 26 2014

This was a very interesting good-v-bad story with some really great twists and turns that did keep my interest onto what is going to happen next but, for me, I did feel the story was very predictable.

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Epic (Chocolate) Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Kate on Jun 19 2012

There was no suspense because there was never any question of how things were going to end, and I didn't care enough about any of the characters to be concerned that they might die.

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In Case of Survival

Good
Reviewed by Char on May 28 2012

Overall, if you like urban fantasy, dark fantasy, bits of horror, demons, ghosts, and magic (stage magic and otherwise), you just might like this book.

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